1 Field Notes notebook, 1 pen, 1 HOWDOODLE, 1 brain with the intent to think big (that’s on you). That’s what we call a creative kit. Every meeting you book at HOWDO comes with one full kit for every guest because we’re serious about better meetings. And we want you to have better meetings.
Let’s break this creative kit down. Each piece plays a different part in getting you to think a little bit differently, which often leads to unexpected ideas and always more productivity.
Doing It For The Best Experience
Since the beginning, The Doers (a HOWDO-created and hosted event series) has always been about bringing people together in a new way. The first event in April featured local artist team WHERON, who took over HOWDO and painted an original mural on one of the walls. And the last event of 2016, The Doers Campfire, brought in over 100 new faces, 8 new brands, 1 canoe and a lot of beers, BBQ and good conversation – But that didn’t happen without some evolution. All good ideas have to evolve.
When we talk about thinking, what do we mean?
Well, there are kinds of thinking and ways to think. There’s a difference, so let’s dig in and talk about BIG THINKING.
In HOWDO, it’s all about finding space to create and collaborate.
Through intentional design, you have breakout areas to lounge and build on ideas; you have a conference room, a kitchen and a pool table for a little play. What was missing, though, was a more casual spot to sit for a coffee and a snack, one that didn’t seat 24, but instead six. In comes a simple table. 8’ x 4’ of beautifully designed and handcrafted reclaimed wood perfectly fitted to a custom steel base. It’s just what HOWDO needed, and for that, Sarah Reiss is to thank.
Collaboration has been on our mind recently,
but then again, it always is. There’s something about idea flow, innovative thinking, a group working toward the same solution, all components of great collaboration, but it has to happen organically, and we know that’s not as easy as it sounds. But when one idea is all you need to jumpstart problem solving, it’s worth the work to get there.
On May 18, we wrapped up volume two of The Doers, a new monthly event series at HOWDO. We geared up for an evening of smart thinking and good drinking with HOWDO co-founder Erik Herskind and a 3 Nations Brewing Co. beer tasting.
Erik, a proponent for and passionate about big thinking, talked about just that – thinking. All it took was a quick chat with Erik to realize why how you think effects how (and what) you do. Sounds broad, yes, but he honed in on a couple key points that guests could take home and apply themselves.
Erik is the co-founder of HOWDO, but he’s also the co-founder and CEO of greenlight. A creative ad agency here in Dallas that lives next door to Dallas, greenlight is an expert in branding and platform building for clients including La Quinta Inns & Suites, Gold’s Gym, La Cantera Resort and Spa and, locally, Café Momentum.
By now, it’s clear that your intention when you enter HOWDO is crucial. It’s an important part of being productive; your mindset is what determines the outcome of your meeting. Of course, what defines a successful meeting varies from meeting to meeting and team to team, but what’s consistent is each team starts their meeting with a shared intention. Notice we didn’t say goal.
While similar, goals and intentions have very different meanings. To dig in a bit, business coach and Inc. contributor Marla Tabaka offered some great thoughts in an article that we keep going back to when we need a little reset.
Click here for the full article (highly recommend you take a peek), but we pulled some of our favorite nuggets out below.
April 25 was a big day for HOWDO – We had WHERON come over to kick off a new monthly event series, The Doers. Wheron, a Dallas-based artist collective, painted a mural in familiar Wheron fashion, while creatives, entrepreneurs, and just interested Dallas folk came together to connect, chat and marvel as Will Heron, Jorge Alcala and Sarah Duke covered one of HOWDO’s sprawling white walls.
Inspiration can come in many forms, and what inspires you might not inspire the person next to you, but one factor that makes a difference for just about everyone is where you go to do your big thinking. It’s a spot that gets your creative juices flowing, whatever your project might be. That could be the beach, the mountains, a bustling coffee shop, or a quiet room in your own home. More often than not, though, you’ll gravitate toward somewhere that feels welcoming, light and open, (almost) distraction-less, and equipped with amenities that keep you on track like bottomless coffee and good music.
Getting intimate with one of Dallas’ street art vigilantes
If we’re going to shine a little spotlight on the people in Dallas that are thinking bigger and doing bigger, there’s one artist who we can’t overlook. Will Heron (street name: Wheron), a lifelong Dallasite, doesn’t necessarily need HOWDO’s spotlight because his work is already covering the city. You’ve seen Wheron murals on the sides of buildings in Deep Ellum, in Oak Cliff, and now more permanently and prominently in Trinity Groves where Wheron set up shop at The Platform, a new-ish space for gallery shows, artistic collaboration and community gathering.
We connected with Will for a Doing It Q&A to find out what keeps him going, really why (and how) he does what he does. And how much of an impact it has on the city’s creativity, a crucial part of street art that we can’t ignore.
Read on, then follow Wheron on the @w_heron.